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overbearing Syllabification: o·ver·bear·ing
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈberiNG/

Definition of overbearing in English:


Unpleasantly or arrogantly domineering: his overbearing, sometimes ruthless desire to succeed
More example sentences
  • Our disciple goes from pompous to positively overbearing.
  • The dictionary definition of arrogance suggests overbearing behavior based on inappropriate views.
  • This is a small, proud country existing in the shadow of a large, overbearing neighbour.
domineering, dominating, autocratic, tyrannical, despotic, oppressive, high-handed, bullying
informal bossy


Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈberiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • But then, if listeners feel the instinctive need to distance themselves from this overbearingly emotional display, there's also something bizarrely compelling about it, at least for me.
  • The fact is, many physicists can be overbearingly macho about their field.
  • The film reiterates this distinction between worlds by directly contrasting the aquamarines, open sky and searing light of Spain with the cold, wet and overbearingly cramped world of London.
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈberiNGnəs/
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